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If the first weekend of May was any indication, it’s going to be one helluva summer at Grand Lake!  I rafted up, tried to assist a few one-the-water scavenger hunters, dropped by Harbors View to burn my socks, watched the Kentucky Derby, dropped in on my buddy Larry Duke to watch the big Saturday night “fight of the century” and enjoyed a couple of night caps on the Island Joe’s deck overlooking the water on a balmy night.  And that was just SATURDAY!

We have more magic in our midst!  Grand Lake musical legend Don White was in rare form Friday night at Pickles at the Lake.  He debuted his newest album, Patchwork, just for us Grand Lake kids.  Helluva deal!  Thanks for a great evening and a great new album, Don. He says if we buy enough albums, he won’t have to keep running around the country.  After all, it’s boating season.  Don doesn’t want to leave the lake, either.


This weekend, we’re launching the lake season officially.  The Grand River Dam Authority will host the official “Lake Launch 2015” Friday evening from 6:00-9:00 at the Ecosystems Center in Langley.  Great prizes, the “State of the Lake” report, free food, and great camaraderie.  Come by land or come by boat – but be there.  Let’s get this season kicked off right!


Representative Kevin Calvey (R-OKC) got a little carried away last week, debating against pay raises for Supreme Court Justices.  He said, if he wasn’t a Christian (whatever that has to do with it), he would douse himself with gasoline in front of the Supreme Court Building and set himself on fire to “protest the evil that is in that building.”  Sounds like another unkept political promise to me. Anybody got a match?

After banning almost everything else, the legislature voted to ban banning.  Seriously. They voted to make it illegal for municipalities to ban oil & gas drills and fracking within their city limits.  I didn’t get the memo of the change in philosophy.  I guess we don’t believe the old adage that “the government closest to the people governs best,” after all.


Just when you think all the crazy regulators are in Oklahoma, up pops Texas again!  A girl wore a sun dress to school in Houston – an ankle length sun dress with spaghetti straps on the shoulders.  School officials didn’t approve of the bare shoulders, so they make her put on a T-shirt over the dress.  Then, they decided the dress was so inappropriate, she should put on jeans under the dress to cover her ankles.  One other thing: did I mention the girl was five years old?  I’d say those school administrators would probably stroke out if they cruised through Dripping Springs!


Yessir, paranoia is alive and well deep in the heart of Texas.  You’ve probably heard about U.S. Government troops conducting training exercises known as Jade Helm 21 in several states, including Texas.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott is the only one paranoid enough about those troops we all supposedly support, that he has called out the Texas State Guard to “monitor” America’s military exercise.  I’m a little confused about why he afraid of a United States takeover of Texas.  Most geography books I’ve seen show Texas is already a part of the United States.  Sometimes it would be less embarrassing if it weren’t.

Anheuser-Busch is catching hell for a slogan on Bud Light bottles now on shelves: “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night. #upforwhatever”  I thought it was kinda clever, myself; but it’s probably something you should stash in your “collectors’ edition” file. Under some pressure, Anheuser-Busch Vice president Alexander Lambrecht said he regrets the slogan, so it probably won’t be around long.  What he really regrets, of course, is the backlash – not the slogan.


Last week’s national embarrassment at the hands of the Oklahoma legislature came when Governor Fallin signed another really, really important piece of legislation – legalizing switchblades in Oklahoma.  I would love to know what huge demand caused the legislature to ignore roads, bridges, education, social programs and economic growth and, instead, focus on legalizing a weapon to improve gang fights.  Sometimes it’s hard to follow what those guys & gals are thinking.


There is no known connection, but Oklahoma reached the pinnacle of embarrassment last week when Tulsa and Oklahoma City were ranked as the first and second most dangerous cities in America. Online blog site ranked cities based on the population, number of police officers, deadly crashes, violent crimes, property crime, registered sex offenders and the number of people enrolled in health care coverage. That makes Oklahomans who have chosen to live at Grand Lake look really smart – again

BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church: We truly regret that gay marriage attacks the sanctity of your fourth marriage.


MORE PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK BY WATER: The Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda Resort & Marina on Monkey Island opens for the season Thursday afternoon!


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Brenda Sheffield, Pam Borin, Cherie Long, Tony Coatney, Stephanie Gragg, Donna Belt, Marc Moser, Pam Wyrick, Curt Landry, Lorri Dyer, Kristi Wallace, Starla Devorak, Roger Haglund, Robert Elmberg, Roger Cook, Renae Ryan, and Lyn Goss.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Since a mirror reverses right and left, why doesn’t it reverse up and down?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There’s certainly no shortage of things to do this weekend. The fun starts Friday with the GRDA “Lake Launch” party at the Ecosystems Center in Langley (6:00-9:00) and a “SALSA Party” at Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina benefiting the Community Crisis Center from 5:30-9:00 ($75). Fridaynight is also another big Lip Sync contest at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze on Monkey Island. Golfers should take note that the Vinita Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Thursday at The Coves Golf Club, the “Yellow Rabbit Run” horse race at Shangri-La Golf Club is Friday at 5:00 ($10 entry), and Saturday is Titleist Demo Day at Shangri-La. Sunday, of course, is Mothers’ Day – and that means traditional (and awesome) brunches at The Shebang, the Summit at Shangri-La, Arrowhead Yacht Club, and Cherokee Yacht Club.  Be nice to your mama.  Maybe she’ll let you live.


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: As always, there are great live entertainment options around the lake.  On Monkey Island, there’s always great music and dancing at the Road Hog Saloon, Monkey Island Pub, Island Joe’s Kentena and Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Lickitty Split will perform at the Road Hog Saturdaynight. Randy Lunsford is performing Friday evening at The Shebang and there’s karaoke on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang every Friday & Saturday night. Friday night, have fun at the weekly Friday Night Lip Sync contest at Big Shots. Sunday afternoon, enjoy the music of Denny Blackburn at Island Joe’s.

If you’re in the Grove area, The Rusty Grove Band will perform Friday night at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove) and the popular Western Justice will take the Spanky’s stage Saturday night.

If you’re a Christian Rock fan, there’s no better place to be Friday night than South Grand Lake’s Picture in Scripture Amphitheater. The show starts at 7:00 and features three very popular bands – The Oswald Brothers Band, Abandon, and Jonathan Thulin.  South Grand Lake partiers can enjoy live music Saturday night at Pickles at the Lake just north of Langley, as well; and Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina is also open for the season, offering live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Area casinos have great entertainment choices this weekend, too. At Buffalo Run Casino, Eric Paslay will be on stage at the Indoor Peoria Showplace.  At Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Farewell Angelina will perform both Friday and Saturday nights. At Downstream Casino, The Orchestra (starring former members of the Electric Light Orchestra) will be featured in a concert at the Pavilion Friday night. The Texas Blues Butchers will perform Friday and Saturday nights in Legends Sports Bar. Kenny Babb will entertain with his solo piano performance in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday and Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with Kevin Upshaw Thursday night. Brandon Butler takes the stage on Friday night, and Eddie Valen entertains Saturday night!  If comedy is your thing,David Beck will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights at the Loony Saloon Comedy Club at The Stables Casino with special guest Jamie Ward.

The best spots to catch NBA playoffs, along with PGA, Stanley Cup and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina, Road Hog Saloon, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Pickles at the Lake in Langley and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.  Enjoy!


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Grace and Frankie starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda – Season 1 available on Netflix Friday, May 8




QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Texas Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz says he is convinced – “Democrats want same sex marriage to be mandatory in all 50 states.”  Hahaha.  I’m pretty sure he wishes he would have said “voluntary.”


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, May 15 – Ping Demo Day at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday, May 15 – Lip Sync contest at Big Shots. Friday-Saturday, May 15-16 – Grand Lake BBQ Festival (11:00 a.m.) at the Langley Ball Fields (music by Don White Friday night, Darrel Lee Band Saturday). Saturday, May 16 – 7:00am-3:00pm - South Patio Party at Shangri-La (Breakfast Buffet and Lunch Buffet/Bar available). Saturday, May 16 – “Pimps & Hoes” Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub. May 22-24 – Rocklahoma!


NBA playoff action continues this week as we move into round 2.  Coverage is on TNT, ESPN, and ABC with games scheduled Friday night, Saturday and Sundayafternoons and evenings, and MondayTuesday & Wednesday nights.  Something for everyone.

It’s another really big week on the PGA Tour.  Coverage of the The Players Championship is on the Golf Channel beginning at noon Thursday & Friday, and at 8:00 a.m.Saturday & Sunday. NBC has coverage of the final two rounds beginning at 1:00 Sunday.

The NASCAR boys are back in Saturday night prime time at Kansas Speedway.  It’s the Spongebob Squarepants 400.  Seriously.  Covearge is on Fox Sports beginning at6:30 Saturday night.


The weather for the weekend ahead looks like a typical thunderstormy May.  It never rains constantly in this type of weather, though – so must work your boating, golf and other outdoor activities in between the storms.  Temperatures will be great, with highs around 80! There’s plenty happening this weekend, so enjoy yourself.  If a storm blows through, it won’t last long.  There’s always bar nearby to wait it out.  While you’re there, watch for me; and wherever you choose to party around the lake, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me.



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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.


American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Boon Docks (on Monkey Island)

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

Kelly’s Bar & Deli at Red Arrow Marina

La Casita de Martin in Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pensacola Pizza & Pasta in Langley  (smoking on patio only)

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summerside Winery in Vinita

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Trail’s End Barbecue in Grove

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)